Speaking of all good gifts

May 10, 2013 — 2 Comments

Dr. John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and president of Princeton lived a couple of miles away from the college at Rocky Hill. Every day he drove horse and buggy to his office at the college.

“One day one of his neighbors burst into his office, exclaiming, ‘Dr. Witherspoon, you must join me in giving thanks to God for his extraordinary providence in saving my life, for as I was driving from Rocky Hill the horse ran away and the buggy was smashed to pieces on the rocks, but I escaped unharmed!’

“Witherspoon replied, ‘Why, I can tell you a far more remarkable providence than that. I have drive over that road hundreds of times. My horse never ran away, my buggy never was smashed, I was never hurt.’

“So we must beware of thinking that God is only in the earthquake, wind, and fire; of thinking that manna but not grain is God’s food. Most of God’s gifts to his people are not dazzling and gaudy but wrapped in simple brown paper. Quiet provisions of safety on the highway, health of children, picking up a paycheck, supper with the family—all in an ordinary day’s work for our God.”

Dale Ralph Davis in Joshua: No Fallen Words

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“One day my father-in-law asked me who I thought the richest man in the world was, and I mentioned some names. He said, ‘You’re wrong, it is the man with a satisfied mind.'”
Joe Hayes, writer of the song “A Satisfied Mind”:

“How many times have you heard someone say
“If I had his money, I’d do things my way”
But little they know that it’s so hard to find
One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind”

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Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
James 5:9

2 responses to Speaking of all good gifts

  1. 

    Bob Dylan does that song “Satisfied Mind.” I didn’t realize he didn’t write it, but it’s a good one…if you can handle listening to Bob Dylan, that is ;)

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      That’s how I know the song, and I thought for sure he had written it. But google told me otherwise ; ) But his melody is different than the classic versions that are on youtube.

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